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When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.


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Rudy Russo
Roy L. Fuchs / Luke Fuchs
Jim the Mechanic
Barbara Fuchs
Sam Slaton (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
Freddie Paris
Eddie Winslow
Judge Harrison
Mr. Ghertner
Beans Morocco ...
Stanley Dewoski (as Dan Barrows)
Cheryl Rixon ...
Nervous Nona (as Miss Wendie Jo Sperber)
Heavy Duty Dubois
Susan Donovan ...
Charlie's Wife
Don Ruskin ...
Fuchs' Salesman
Jan Sandwich ...
Al's Wife
Tracy Lee Rowe ...
Al's Kid
Kurtis Sanders ...
Al's Kid
Al's Kid
Patrick McMorrow ...
Mr. O'Hara
Joseph Barnaba ...
Mr. Douglas
Diane Hardin ...
Mrs. Douglas (as Diane Hill)
Man In Bed
Woman In Bed
Dave Herrera ...
Mr. Lopez
Walter Jackson ...
Mr. Jackson
Gene Blakely ...
Mr. Books
Bus Boy
Tiny Wells ...
Food Giant
Reese (as Terrence Knox)
Tony Lucatorto ...
Police Sergeant (as Will McMillan)
Josiah Steiner ...
Bicycle Kid
Douglas O. Tepper ...
Bicycle Kid
Video Technician
Frank Harmon ...
Allen Wood ...
John M. Abbott ...
Clem (as John Abbott)
Court Assistant
Bill Wine ...
Judy Began ...
Phillip Greenwood ...
Alex Herring ...
William Shelton ...
Cop at Roadblock (as Sandy Gibbons)
Mildred Brion ...
Little Old Lady
Peanuts ...
Toby (Dog)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
President Carter (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Lyle Gold ...
Car Shopper (uncredited)
Stephen Lloyd ...
Boy Scout (uncredited)
Leigh Scarritt ...
Stripper (uncredited)
Car Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Zemeckis

Written by

Robert Zemeckis ... (written by) &
Bob Gale ... (written by)

Produced by

Bob Gale ... producer
John Milius ... executive producer
Steven Spielberg ... executive producer
John G. Wilson ... associate producer

Music by

Patrick Williams

Cinematography by

Donald M. Morgan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Michael Kahn

Editorial Department

Greig McRitchie ... assistant editor
Julie Kahn Zunder ... apprentice editor (as Julie Kahn)
Bruce Pearson ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

Sally Dennison

Production Design by

Peter Jamison ... (as Peter M. Jamison)

Set Decoration by

Linda Spheeris

Makeup Department

Gina Kearns ... hair stylist
Jack Petty ... makeup artist
Jack H. Young ... makeup artist

Production Management

John G. Wilson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joseph A. Ingraffia ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
Richard Luke Rothschild ... first assistant director
John M. Poer ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

Jack E. Ackerman ... property master
Jack Torpin ... construction coordinator
Jaime Bird ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello ... painter (uncredited)
Louis S. Fleming ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jerry Gruepzmrcher ... propmaker (uncredited)
Moe Larson ... painter (uncredited)
Anthony Listro ... laborer (uncredited)
Wayne Smith ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Bo Welch ... assistant art director (uncredited)
William Kemper Wright ... leadman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound effects editor (as Charles Campbell)
Larry Carow ... sound effects editor
Ronald G. Cogswell ... sound
Jim Cook ... re-recording mixer
Louis L. Edemann ... sound effects editor (as Lou Edemann)
Richard C. Franklin ... sound effects editor (as Rick Franklin)
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
David Pettijohn ... sound effects editor
Paul A. Sharpe ... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Bob Atkinson ... cableman (uncredited)
Pam Raklewicz ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Ken Estes ... special effects crew (as Kenneth Estes)
Billy Myatt ... special effects supervisor (as Bill Myatt)
Joe Zomar ... special effects crew


Steve Boyum ... stunt double: Gerrit Graham
Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Clint Bryant ... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... stunt double: Jack Warden
Bennie E. Dobbins ... stunts (as Bennie Dobbins)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts
Richard Epper ... stunts
Linda Rae Jurgens ... stunts
Max Kleven ... stunts
Terry Leonard ... stunt coordinator (as Terry J. Leonard)
Jack Lilley ... stunts
Carey Loftin ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts
J.R. Randall ... stunts
Larry Randles ... stunts
Walter Scott ... stunts
Dick Warlock ... stunt double: Kurt Russell
Ted White ... stunts
Lyle Gold ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Kurtis Sanders ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Frank M. Holgate ... photographer: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Bill Hughes ... video crew
Alan Landaker ... video supervisor
Hal Landaker ... video displays
Richard A. Mention III ... first assistant camera (as Rickey Mention)
Chris Schwiebert ... camera operator
Calvin Sterry ... key grip (as Cal Sterry)
Orlando Suero ... still photographer (as Orlando)
Bill Tenny ... gaffer (as Bill 'The Gummer' Tenny)
Richard Turner ... second assistant camera
Jeffrey Wheat ... video camera (as Jeff Wheat)
Rick Whitfield ... video coordinator
Larry Wood ... video crew
Raymond Bastonero ... generator operator (uncredited)
Ophelious Braxton ... grip (uncredited)
Don Cady ... electrician (uncredited)
Ed Cooper ... best boy (uncredited)
Elliot Davis ... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Duggan ... second grip (uncredited)
Eleutelio Escobar ... generator operator (uncredited)
Robert Fiore ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Scott Miller ... opening title sequence (uncredited)
Gordon Paschal ... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Clay H. Wilson ... dolly grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Barbara Johnson ... casting assistant (as Barbara D. Johnson)
Stephanie Squires ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Phyllis Garr ... wardrobe: women
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe: men
Jerry Sklar ... assistant wardrobe: men (uncredited)

Location Management

Richard Alexander ... location manager

Music Department

John Mick ... music editor
Peter Erskine ... musician (uncredited)
Ernest Gold ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Angela Morley ... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Sam Nestico ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Marilyn Giardino ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Paul Casella Jr. ... transportation coordinator
William Charles Hauer ... transportation co-captain (as Chuck Hauer)
Gina August ... driver (uncredited)
Marvin Jeff Davenport ... driver (uncredited)
Bill Demello ... driver (uncredited)
Walt Freitas ... driver (uncredited)
Bill Fury ... driver (uncredited)
Tommy Hansmann ... driver (uncredited)
Charles Knapp ... driver (uncredited)
Bill Nuss ... driver (uncredited)
Gene Payne ... driver coordinator (uncredited)
John Pringle ... driver (uncredited)
Tony Quihuis ... driver (uncredited)
Skip Steffens ... driver (uncredited)
Walter Vermilye ... driver (uncredited)
Norm Walke ... driver (uncredited)
Ben Ward ... driver (uncredited)
Jack Warner ... driver (uncredited)
Mark Wescott ... driver (uncredited)
James Womack ... driver (uncredited)
Dennis Yank ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Peter Benoit ... unit publicist
Martin Casella ... production assistant (as Marty Casella)
Frank DeMichelis ... craft service
Moe Di Sesso ... animal provider (as Moe Disesso)
Margaret Mitchell ... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Morgan Moore ... publicity coordinator (as Morgan B. Moore)
Mary Anne Porlier ... assistant to producer
Pinki Ragan ... production secretary
Michael Saquella ... stand-in: rosamund pike
Tony Shields ... animal handler
Marilyn Giardino ... choreographer (uncredited)
Michael Hill ... auditor trainee (uncredited)
Richard Morgan ... first aid (uncredited)
Karen Morris ... producers office assistant (uncredited) / production office support (uncredited)
Norma Nahsonhoya ... production secretary (uncredited)
Ruben Quintero ... caterer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Used car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke (Jack Warden). Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy also played by Warden, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by Ed Sutton

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Taglines The screen's wildest race against time is the biggest auto stampede ever! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La grosse magouille (France)
  • Mit einem Bein im Kittchen (Germany)
  • Frenos rotos, coches locos (Spain)
  • Masini uzate (Romania)
  • Brukte biler og sleipe selgere (Norway)
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  • 113 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In the scene where Roy L. Fuchs (Jack Warden) walks up to Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) and Jeff (Gerrit Graham) as they are finishing shoveling dirt over the spot where they buried Luke, Graham didn't have any lines and kept pestering Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for lines. Finally, he just decides to repeat whatever Russell said to Warden. Apparently, Warden was unaware of what Graham was doing, thus his line "What're you? A fuckin' parrot?". It was Warden's genuine annoyance at Graham, which worked so well in the scene that it was included in the final cut. See more »
Goofs When Barbara is in court defending the "mile of cars" accusation, Sam (the "Prosecutor") points out that she already has 25 cars on her lot "according to witnesses". If one mile of cars is 250 cars, and Rudy has "exactly 250 drivers" to drive back the 250 cars he bought from the Mexican, then they are well over the mark with one mile + 25 cars. They didn't have a "one car safety margin," they had a 25-car safety margin. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Al Lewis: Forever Grandpa (2000). See more »
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Quotes [President Carter on television]
President Carter: -high inflation. What is the solution?
[Television cuts to the commercial for Luke's yard taking place in Roy's yard]
Jeff: You want the solution to inflation? Hi, friends. Marshall Lucky here for New Deal Used Cars, where we're lowering inflation not only by fighting high prices, not only by murdering high prices, but by blowing the living shit out of high prices. Yes sir. Here's an example. It's a 1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, for sixty-two ninety-nine. That price is too high.
[shoots the car]
Jeff: Yes sir. Here's another one. It's a Lincoln Continental, Mark IV, 1973. It's loaded. It's got air conditioning. It's got a stereo. It's got white-wall radial tires. It's got power steering, power brakes, power seats, power windows. And a price that is just too high.
[shoots the car]
Jeff: Yes sir.
[Jim appears on the car behind him in costume]
Jim the Mechanic: YAAAAAAHHHH.
Freddie Paris: [on microphone] Look out, Marshall Lucky. It's High Prices.
Jeff: Take this, you dirty ol' High Prices.
[shoots Jim, who puts on a very convincing act]
Jim the Mechanic: AHHHH. Ya got me Marshall. Ahhhhh...
Jeff: [shocked] Jesus Christ.
[winks at the screen]
Jeff: Yes sir, that's New Deal Used Cars... Now wait just a Goddamn minute. What the hell is this? Is this a 1974 Mercedes 450SL for *twenty-four thousand dollars*? That's too fucking high.
[blows up the car with dynamite. Roy watches at home]
Roy L. Fuchs: You son of a bitch.
Jeff: [laughs] Yes sir. We blew the shit out of that over-priced motherfucker just the way we blow the shit out of *all* high prices, down here at New Deal Used Cars. So y'all come on down. Did you hear what I said? New Deal Used Cars. So y'all come on down. Did you hear what I said?
[Television cuts back to the President]
President Carter: I have heard you, with unmistakable clarity...
Roy L. Fuchs: You son of a bitch.
[kicks the televison and electrocutes himself]
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